Backyard astronomer | Photo courtesy Air and Space Magazine

Museum hosts free Telescope Workshop for new users

The New Mexico Museum of Space History education department will be holding a free telescope workshop on Saturday, January 4, in the front classroom of the Tombaugh Building beginning at 10:00 am.

The focus of the workshop will be on showing new telescope users the basics of set-up and viewing.

“Buying a telescope as a Christmas gift is a great idea, but teaching your child how to use it is sometimes very challenging,” said Museum Outreach Coordinator Tony Gondola.

“Our goal with this free workshop is to teach parents and aspiring young astronomers tips and techniques that will help them get the most out of this exciting gift that can inspire a lifetime of interest in nature and science.”

Workshop participants should bring their new telescope, along with all of its parts and directions, with them.  Museum educators and local amateur astronomers will be on hand to answer questions and offer advice on how to best assemble and use telescopes.

The New Mexico Museum of Space History, a Smithsonian Affiliate, is a division of the NM Department of Cultural Affairs. For more information, call 575-437-2840 or toll free 1-877-333-6589, visit their website, or  ‘like’ their Facebook page.